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South Sudan opposition leaders initial final peace document


President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar in Khartoum on 26 June 2018 (Photo SUNA)
August 30, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Thursday have initialled the final document of the revitalized peace agreement stressing they did it after a commitment by President Omer al-Bashir to raise their concern with IGAD leaders.

The draft final document was signed by Machar and Gabriel Changson Chang, SSOA leader, in presence of the Foreign Minister El-Dirdeiry Ahmed, Director of the National Intelligence and Security Services Salah Gosh, Tut Kew Gatluak, South Sudan presidential adviser on security affairs, Lam Akol, head of the National Democratic Movement, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Wais Ismail .

In a joint statement released on Thursday evening, the SPLM-IO and SSOA confirmed what Sudan Tribune published Wednesday that President al-Bashir held a meeting on Wednesday with Machar and pledged to discuss the matter in the upcoming meeting of the IGAD heads of state and government.

"After meetings with al-Bashir and the mediation " We have decided to initial the draft of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS)," said the two groups in a statement issued after the signing at the premises of the peace talks in Suba suburb outside Khartoum.

"However, we want to make it abundantly clear to the public that this initialling is conditional upon the assurance that the four concern raised on Tuesday 28/0820185 be tabled for discussion by President al-Bashir in the forthcoming 64th extraordinary summit of the IGAD heads of state and government, as promised in the meeting," they said.

Last Tuesday the SPLM-IO and SSOA enumerated in a statement issued the concerns that led to the refusal to initial the draft agreement.

On Thursday, they once again mentioned it and urged the mediation to resolve "these critical matters of contention for us to sign the final text of the R-ARCSS".

The opposition groups want the mediation to adjust the quorum of the cabinet and parliament meetings as it remained unchanged despite the increase of the members of government and legislative assembly.

They also pointed out the disagreement over the number of states and called to incorporate the Annex D, which includes a comprise providing that the referendum will ask the South Sudanese to choose between the 10 or the 32 states.

The third point was the permanent constitutional-making process should be people driven. Also, they proposed that Ethiopia and Kenya join Sudan and Uganda as guarantors and deploy their forces within the UNMISS.

The SPLM-FDs leader Pagan Amum rejected the signing of the draft agreement by Deng Alor the head of its negotiating team. Now it is not clear if the group will, however, take part in the final signing ceremony.


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  • 30 August 2018 23:47, by Kush Natives

    That’s great, peace arrived finally! We’ll tackle those few ideas by ourselves. We shouldn’t even be involving IGAD on those minors. Now, we should immediately starts building trust within ourselves, so that peace is own by the people of South Sudan rather East African money maker. I feel relieved now, and hopefully those of Jubaone, Eastern, Games and alike feel the same. God bless South Sudan!

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    • 30 August 2018 23:49, by Kush Natives

      In God we trust. One 🌟 under God!

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    • 31 August 2018 00:47, by The Rhino

      Kush Natives,

      Not so fast,no final peace deal yet.Machar might be performing tactics of politics necessary to defer him from his house arrest in South Africa.I can’t imagine he’s putting all cards on criminal El Bashir who is still wanted by the ICC for his ruthless Darfur atrocities.Machar better be careful.He once ignored explicit warnings before July 2016 in Juba,guess what happened then,.....

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      • 31 August 2018 01:02, by The Rhino

        Kush Natives,
        ...he tediously ended up trudging his way up to Congo barefooted.So,Equatorian politicians need to monitor these events very closely,b’cos the history of those who have died is right here behind us.We must not allow anybody to betray them.

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        • 31 August 2018 03:57, by South South

          The Rhino,

          War is over, but peace is in. Let’s celebrate the peace together. Everything will be discussed to make our country more beautiful.

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        • 31 August 2018 07:29, by jubaone

          NAS, FDs (Amum), PDM, SSNMC and all non-jienge non-Nuer parties did NOT initial the final draft. Bashir just made a verbal commitment which legally has no basis once this document reaches IGAD. Again NAS did a wonderful job and as long as federalism has been scrapped off the agenda, Equatorians have no business joining this jienge-nyagat circus. Equatexit is our goal, with thoughts and guns.

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        • 31 August 2018 13:28, by jubaone

          Now that Equatorian-based parties NAS, PDM and SSNMC have officially rejected the initialing of the final draft, it’s only logical that all Equatorians worldwide support their position. This jienge-nyagat deal is no different from the fake and failed Wunlit Peace between them. As earlier stated, the only inevitable consequence is separation. Yes, we can. Equatoria can! Equatexit 👊

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          • 31 August 2018 13:34, by jubaone

            We therefore request an urgent meeting between our Equatorian leaders to come up with a position paper on federalism or Equatexit. Rwanda is as big as Central Equatoria and we: WES, CES and EES are much bigger. Yes, we can found our own republic and the international community knows that it is us, that make SS what it’s worth. Non Equatorians can find theirs too. Equatoria Oyee 🙌

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            • 31 August 2018 21:30, by The Rhino


              Absolutely true,this is fundamental!NAS,PDM and SSNMC must come up with a strong document demanding IGAD to review the option of Equatoria leaving South Sudan to become an independent State of Equatoria,which of course will comprise of the three States,EES,CES and WES.100% of all Equatorians apart from Kiir’s stooges are fully behind an EXIT of Equatoria from present rotten jienge ......

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              • 31 August 2018 21:39, by The Rhino

                ...republic.This is our basic right,and nobody has legitimacy to prohibit or say no to it.Equatoria for Equatorians!

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  • 31 August 2018 00:00, by Kush Natives

    But, the following conception don’t work, no body need those useless forces period."They proposed that Ethiopia and Kenya join Sudan and Uganda as guarantors and deploy their forces within the UNMISS"

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    • 31 August 2018 00:09, by Kush Natives

      Pagan with his FD’s groups are out of equations. Since he refused to recognize the intiatling of the first peace process road map, then there will be no possible way to allow them to ruin the final document period. They will have to restart over again without an attachment to final document. Their demands don’t even make any sense at all.

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      • 31 August 2018 01:49, by Games

        Kush Natives
        Nobody is against peace, but we want genuines and balance ones. This ongoing right now in Khartoum is ripoff. All Oppositions groups are lossing everythings to the Salva Kiir section. For instances, the issues of 32 states would most likely cause another conflict, if not look at it carefully. Furthermore, Salva Kiir section still very much will be controlling everything in decisions

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        • 31 August 2018 07:56, by Pakuai

          The Nuers stole Akoba from Anuak people & Langecuk from Burun people and some of these Nuers are making a lot of noises about other South Sudanese communities stealing other communities’ lands. The issue of Malakal claim by the Shilluk community to have been allegedly stolen from them by the Apadang Dinkas/Jiengs isn’t going to cause any war>>>

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          • 31 August 2018 08:03, by Pakuai

            between those communities as far as many South Sudanese with knowledge of area are concerned. Even us here in Bor, we have given our Pibor to Murles. And our Murles neighbors are honestly informed to group up & stop stealing other people’s cattle & babies. And if our Murles neighbors heed that, then our Jonglei & Boma states would just be good South Sudanese good states>>>

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            • 31 August 2018 08:08, by Pakuai

              With the issues of the Dinkas/Jenges who are alleged to have stolen land fom Equatoria, we need evident on that absurd allegation. In Jubek state, that is a pure lie. Some Bari people in Juba used o sell their lands to some Dinkas/Jenges and then went & spread lies that their lands had been stolen or taken by some Jenges with military positions>>>>

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              • 31 August 2018 08:13, by Pakuai

                But when the issue was taken seriously. Then even many Bari communities were even telling some of their community members who were making false accusations against others to stop their lies. Yes, the issue of cattle communities destroying the farming communities was a real problem to all South Sudanese farming communities & not only Bari communities>>>

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                • 31 August 2018 08:20, by Pakuai

                  But to be honest with some South Sudanese, any South Sudanese man/women can live, work & own a property anywhere in South Sudan so long as he adhere to South Sudanese laws and the communities they live in. All these mitt-gritty nonsense would have been ’amicably resolved’ through our "national dialogue" right here in side South Sudan & in foreign of South Sudanese people>>>

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                  • 31 August 2018 08:30, by Pakuai

                    and all those bullsh*ts being peddled about in foreign capitals weren’t necessary because they those bullsh*ts being peddled about in foreign capitals are not going to resolve the real South Sudanese people internal issues. They are just for in the interests of some foreign puppets, traitors & thieves like Mr. Riek Machar, Thomas Cirilo, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot & others to be given>>>

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                    • 31 August 2018 08:37, by Pakuai

                      back their former positions in the government so that they can come & start looting our country where they left it. And for their foreign masters from the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between bring them back & install them back to their all positions. Why has the whole allegation of Mr. Salva Kiir of killing Nuers in Juba in 2013 went & became>>>

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                      • 31 August 2018 08:45, by Pakuai

                        ’a battle of positions’ in foreign capitals than the ’battle over the root causes’ of the 15/12/2013 foiled coup attempt? Well, some South Sudanese people in the know knows the real dirty game being played over our country & our people by some countries some of our lowly informed idiots always call our allies. What is Mr. Thomas Cirillo doing in Adis Ababa?>>>

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                        • 31 August 2018 08:53, by Pakuai

                          What is Mr. Pagan Amuom, Adwok Nyabe, Thomas Cirillo, Costi Manibe, Rebecca Nyandeng, her son, Majak Agoot and a crook with a funny name called ’Remember Miangi’ doing in Nairobi. Why didn’t Mr. Riek Machar let himself be transported from DR Congo jungle to Khartoum than to Kampala, Kinshasa, Kigali, Nairobi or Adis Ababa. Why did Mr. Lam Akol left his own party in Juba to his Shilluk tribe mate>>

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                          • 31 August 2018 09:00, by Pakuai

                            ,ran to Nairobi, Kenya & went and formed yet another party & ran straight to Khartoum? Fellows, when always informed some of lowly informed South Sudanese idiots that our country & our people have been ’sabotaged’ by the greatest evils on earth----the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states financiers, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & their gulf Arab states>>>

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                            • 31 August 2018 09:06, by Pakuai

                              paymasters. And this is simply because of our resources (oil fields), our vast lands, our Nile waters & of course to Geo-politically football play our country & our people just like they did with countries like DR Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, some Eastern European countries, Some Asian countries, Middle Eastern countries & West African countries during>>>

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                              • 31 August 2018 09:11, by Pakuai

                                their so-called ’COLD WAR’. And again, they are at it again in DR Congo, Central Africa republic (CAR), here in South Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine. But the evils have step on the wrong people feet, us. Fellows, the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their>>>

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                                • 31 August 2018 09:17, by Pakuai

                                  allies in between are obsess with our country & our people. And their love affair with our country & our people is always cemented or back up by some of our low lives & fools like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol and some of their new recent recruits. White people, their evil juus are like their cloned arabs of North Sudan. They *listen through their eyes*. And even some of our ’Nuer ke Nyantoc’ seem to>

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                                  • 31 August 2018 09:24, by Pakuai

                                    have acquired these kind of behavior, they always throw tantrums like little babies and cry fouls later when their child-like behaviour is tackled head-on. Fellows, the gulf Arab states of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, so-called evil juus (so-called israel) & others are the ones that pay most of the Europeans & American politicians>>>

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                                    • 31 August 2018 09:31, by Pakuai

                                      here in Africa & our own region to be precise. And I guess also our sellouts and foreign puppets like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo & others are in their payroll. "Follow, the money" they always say fellows. The US, the US, the UK, their UN, their cloned so-called arab of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states paymasters and some of their creepy allies in between love affair>

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                                      • 31 August 2018 09:36, by Pakuai

                                        with our country & our people has gone too far and it must be tackled head-on fellows. Our country is not a damn so-called ANGLO-AMERICA empire, never has and will never ever be, reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM. No one will one to live sides by sides with the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states’>>>

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                                        • 31 August 2018 09:39, by Pakuai

                                          financiers & some of their creepy allies in between fellows. Reasons fellows, pure HATRED & RACISM. Simple & plain. Who says we like these vermins fellows? Who really say that want these vermins? No one.

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    • 31 August 2018 10:11, by Pakuai

      Kush Natives,
      All these nonsense of anyone or a country *guaranteeing another country & other people’s peace* is just part of bullying of our country & our people by our enemies by our lowly informed often called our allies. Who is *guaranteeing* the internal political issues between *Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga & Kenyan oppositions, Mr. Yoweri Museveni of Uganda & Ugandan oppositions,>>>

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      • 31 August 2018 10:17, by Pakuai

        Abesh (so-called ethiopian) oppositions with the current president, Mr. Abiye Mohamed?, Mr. Omer Hassan El Bashir & his lot of oppositions groups? Who is going to *guarantee the peace between those countries’ l have just mentioned above and oppositions?* No one. fellows, Mr. Kush Natives, some of our South Sudanese fools & lowl lives need to grow up & listen>>>

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        • 31 August 2018 10:22, by Pakuai

          No one wants to live again side by side with the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states paymasters, some of their creepy allies like their ’Abeshas prostitutes (so-called ethiopians), some of their Bantus in Central Kenya or some of their terrorists in Northern Nigeria like Boko Haram criminals>>>

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          • 31 August 2018 10:25, by Pakuai

            or Northern Ugandan LRA criminals again. But the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between have taken these evils as their only way to crawl their evil selves back into our country. But the evils are going to bomb to near extinction out of our country & over our people once & for all. Reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM>>>

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            • 31 August 2018 10:30, by Pakuai

              Mr. Kush Natives,
              Do you know these evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus & some of their allies in between think that we are their subjects/slaves. There is no more war here in South Sudan. But South Sudan is their targeted country & South Sudanese people are their targeted people that those vermins think, like them. But some of white Americans, English people, their evil juus,>>

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              • 31 August 2018 10:38, by Pakuai

                their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between think that they are going to be welcomed into our country. That is not going to happen even in millions years. Fellows, we are going occupy Kenya & kill every evil *white English criminal in Central Kenya*, We are going to bomb the * mighty US, the UK & France* army base in Djibouti into ’red sea’ with the lands they are>>>

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                • 31 August 2018 10:46, by Pakuai

                  they are living on right now. With our Gambella region, we are going to it back to its ’rightful owners, our Anuak people’ With our Khartoum, we are going to take it back, not even Khartoum alone, Southern Egypt, (Iqzandria) Alexandria. I am the one who would bomb the so-called *Eastern Jerusanlam* and give it to its rightful owners, Palestinian people>>>

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                  • 31 August 2018 10:51, by Pakuai

                    Benjamin Netanyuhu and his evil juus are terrorists, we have found the evils out fellows. They have taken most countries so-called Western World countries. My lowly informed South Sudanese fools. The US, the UK, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between are the ones fighting over our country & our people>>>>

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                    • 31 August 2018 10:59, by Pakuai

                      Fellows, game is over. There is no damn war here in South Sudan. But the evils keeps propagating their usual lies & after lies simply to keep their *usual South Sudanese fools* in their loops. But the evils are going to be bombed to near extinction out of our country once and for all. And by us, reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM

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  • 31 August 2018 01:05, by Nairobimitot

    Today is the day when South Sudan will see the light and the peace again.

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